About Mesilla Valley CASA

Mesilla Valley CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Inc. was established in September 1993 at the request of the Judges of New Mexico's Third District Court. We currently serve the court of the Honorable Marci E. Beyer.

Before the formulation of the CASA program, many times decisions about the future of abused and neglected children were made without all of the facts and information necessary to determine what was truly in the best interest of those children. The solution is the advocate, an ordinary citizen who is trained and given tools to make an informed recommendation to the court as to what might be in the best interest of the children.

Our advocates are recruited, screened, receive a minimum of 30 hours of training, have a background check and are supervised by the Executive Director and our staff. Our advocates are sworn officers of the court, acting as the voice of the children and the “eyes and ears of the Children’s Court Judge”.

 

Our Mission

  • Advocate for Children in foster care and protect their interests.

Our Vision

  • To ensure that every child has a safe, supportive and permanent home.

Our Commitment

  • Helping children replace a life of hurt with one of hope.


The History of CASA

The idea of a Court Appointed Special Advocate was originally started by Judge David Soukup in 1977. Judge Soukup felt that children needed more support as they moved through the dependency and neglect system. He also felt that someone had to speak directly for them during the process.

Since then, this idea of a CASA has expanded into 49 states, including the National CASA Association, located in Seattle. In 2014, the entire CASA network of programs and organizations served over 250,000 children, an estimated 76,327 volunteers participated and 24,186 new volunteers were trained. The National CASA Association develops and maintains the volunteer curriculum, ensuring that the highest standards are kept.